The Characters of Planetary. Click on a name to view the biography. SPOILER ALERT: The information provided here includes much, but not necessarily all, of the relevant information revealed about the characters over the course of the series. If you're just now getting on board with the series, or haven't read all of the issues, be aware that this page could reveal key details about the characters and plot elements.
Elijah Snow Jim Wilder Sherlock Holmes Jakita Wagner Doc Brass Science City Zero The Drummer The Spider Island Zero Ambrose Chase Lord Blackstock Jack Carter The Four John Stone Shek Chi-Wai Anna Hark
Born with a mutant ability to absorb information, a child known only as Little Drummer Boy was held captive with other, similar children by Dr. Randall Dowling of the Four. Their job was to place control overrides into the (then nascent) internet.
Liberated by Elijah Snow and the Planetary field team, Drummer learned all of his relatives were dead--he was now an orphan (see Issue23). As the other children in Dowling's project died during the rescue attempt, Drummer is truly one of a kind, and has proven more gifted than his captive cohorts. Drummer has the ability to communicate with machines and is often able to get them to do what he wants. He has also shown the ability to be a natural anti-surveillance device (an "informational black hole," he litereally prevents any information signal from escaping an area around his person). He can sense all forms of communication signal and information flow, detecting something he described as a stack of hard drives (that manifested itself as as an ornate device filled with featureless human forms) in Issue3, magic in Issue 7, and even the effect of a spacecraft powered by an "information drive" in Issue 19. There seems to be no limit to the information he can detect and process, given access and/or proximity to it.
Snow offered the young boy the opportunity to stay with the Planetary organization, and he accepted. Although a member of the field team since he was 15, he prefers to not get too close to the action, largely due to having witnessed the death/disappearance of field teammate Ambrose Chase during an away mission.
Jakita Wagner has often joked about Drummer being insane, and Snow seems to never tire of verbally and even lightly physically abusing Drummer, but their dedication to him, and he to the team, is almost like the bond of a child to a parent. After Issue 12, since Snow has regained his memory and reassumed his rightful role as Fourth Man, the antagonistic relationship between Snow and Drummer has been mitigated a bit. But not too much.return to the top of the page
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